The Self-coached Climber: The Guide to Movement, Training, Performance

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Stackpole Books, Feb 17, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
"Still the best book on improving at climbing . . . worth every penny and more."—Dave MacLeod, online climbing coach blog

• In full color with 52 practical training exercises designed to advance technique
• Detailed anatomical illustrations explain climbing physiology

A dynamic package of training material from a pair of expert coaches, The Self-Coached Climber offers comprehensive instruction, from the basics of gripping holds to specific guidelines for developing a customized improvement plan. Hague and Hunter base their methods on the four fundamental components of all human movement—balance, force, time, and space—and explain how to apply these principles to achieve efficient results.

The Self-Coached Climber was named a finalist in the Mountain Exposition Category at the 2007 Banff Mountain Festival. For more information go to:

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good technical info

User Review  - dusty7 -

This book has a ton of info in it. Alot of it is very technical but there is also alot that has been immediately useful to me. I tink this book will be helpful to me for quite a while as my climbing progresses. Read full review

Climb On!

User Review  - climbingcat -

This book has some practical exercises and thoughtful ideas. It focuses on using the center of gravity in relation to the feet as you climb. I love to focus on technique with my climbing to help me ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Dan Hague is an 18-year veteran in the indoor climbing industry who has built and managed 4 climbing gyms, the latest in central Virginia. He also consults with gym operators and sits on the Climbing Wall Association's Board of Directors. He is an avid climber, winning his division of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series in 2010.

Douglas Hunter was a full-time climber and coach for 10 years, during which time he trained many elite climbers and was a top level sport climber. He now lives and climbs in Southern California, where he continues to develop new training methodology.

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